Proposed Fee Changes at Furnace Creek Campground
Death Valley National Park is seeking public comments regarding pricing for nineteen rehabilitated campsites and the establishment of three new group campsites in the Furnace Creek Campground.
Death Valley National Park started the rehabilitation of Furnace Creek Campground in February 2012 and will near completion at the end of summer 2013. Improvements in the Furnace Creek Campground include the replacement of the entire water and sewer system, installation of full hook-up capacity at nineteen campsites, a new bathroom in the group site areas, rehabilitation of the current bathrooms, repair of flood damaged areas in the tent walk-in loop, development of three new group sites, and a new check-in kiosk.
The proposed fee increase for the full hook-up sites is an attempt to recover the cost of electricity. The nineteen rehabilitated sites now include water, sewer, and electrical hook-ups. The proposed pricing is $30.00 per night for sites offering full hook-ups. The current price for campsites without full hook-ups is $18.00 per night and would remain the same price under this proposal. Prior to making this price change proposal, the National Park Service reviewed the pricing of five surrounding campgrounds and the amenities they each include, discounts offered and any additional fees.
Three newly established group sites with parking for two vehicles include a fire ring and table for each site. The proposed fee is $25.00 per a night for 9-15 campers per site. Prior to making this price change proposal, the National Park Service reviewed the pricing of other campground group sites.
The superintendent's letter regarding this proposal is available for download here; this letter outlines the price comparisons to surrounding campgrounds and the amenities they include and discounts offered. We seek your input on the proposed Furnace Creek Campground fee changes to help inform the final decision on this proposal.
Comment Period: 04/16/2013 - 05/17/2013